Itinerary for British Columbia: A Heli-Hiking Spiritual Retreat – Inner Peace, Silence & Sanctuary« Back to Trip Overview
Day 1- (-/-/d) CALGARY
We meet at the Calgary Airport and then shuttle to Banff in the Canadian Rockies and overnight at the beautiful Buffalo Mountain Lodge.
Day 2- (-/l/d) BOBBIE BURNS LODGE
Today we start our day by taking a fabulous helicopter ride to the Bobbie Burns Lodge. The Bobbie Burns Lodge Lodge sits about 1370 metres high, with 24 rooms with private baths, The lodge has a view-rich outdoor whirlpool, a sauna, games room, porch-side basketball hoops, shop, and a big, welcoming fireplace in its exceptionally homey common area. Its extensive wine cellar is certainly one of the world’s best in a wilderness lodge.
The Bugaboos are a hiker’s nirvana. Three examples of their roster of more than 100 hikes are:
- Rollercoaster: Great views to the west on a half-day hike through flowery meadows. This fine hike can be combined with a visit to beautiful Hume Lakes for a robust full-day outing.
- Crystalline Pass: Many variations grace this half or full-day hike in varied timberline terrain: everything from meadow strolling to boulder-hopping and some steep ups on glacial moraine. Vigorous elevation gains and losses through different geologic zones.
- Anthea’s: A half-day, resoundingly alpine hike along a goat trail up to a high ridge, with great views of the Conrad Glacier, looking down at towering ice needles and into looming crevasses.
Day 3- (b/l/d) BOBBIE BURNS LODGE
We leave in the morning to fly to our first hike in these peaceful mountains. The first helicopter leaves at 9:00 (each aircraft seats 11 guests and a guide), making the short but dramatic trip to the timberline. We spend the day roaming and hiking in gorgeous, world-class landscapes.
During the course of the day, the helicopter may pick us up and land us in three or four different areas, giving us a chance to experience a variety of settings, from meadows to timberline ridges to glaciers to a particularly scenic picnic spot. At day’s end we fly back to the lodge to indulge in (depending on our mood) a massage, a browse in the lodge shop, a game of chess, a go at the lodge climbing wall, a cocktail on the deck as alpine glow bathes the peaks we’ve been communing with.
Day 4- (b/l/d) BOBBIE BURNS LODGE
This morning after breakfast we make our third flight to our next amazing location. We will spend the day in silence, walking in meditation and going deeper within ourselves.
Day 5- (b/l/-) LAKE LOUISE
Today we say farewell to Bobbie Burns Lodge and shuttle off from the helipad to the famous Lake Louise for a relaxing and unwinding night at the Post Hotel. The hotel is known for its excellent culinary creations and full spa services. Any last aches in our muscles will be massaged away by experienced hands!
Day 6- (-/-/-) LAKE LOUISE & CALGARY
After an wonderful day at the lake and the spa services we leave for Calgary and overnight in the city so we can be ready for our flights in the morning.
Day 7- (-/-/-) CALGARY & HOME
We say our last goodbyes, hugs and kisses as we prepare to take our new dream of heaven back to our lives!